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SLIM PGDIP inauguration creates leaders for the next generation

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The Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) recently held its Inauguration for the 2nd intake of Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. The event was organised on a grand scale with a large crowd of Advanced Level students, marketers at executive and middle managerial levels of corporates, and other members of the business community participating. Non-Marketers who were interested in a career change, also gathered together to take the step forward which would enhance their Marketing careers and boost their futures. 

The PGDIP curriculum is made to bestow students with a knowledge that extends beyond the fundamental theories of marketing. The 24-month part-time program consists of four levels. It gears participants with marketing competencies that are needed from operational to managerial level. Students are provided with a detailed understanding on marketing tools. The strategic level focuses on concepts such as Sustainability and Strategic Marketing Planning. The final level of PGDIP is an individual research study, which every student is required to carry out. Thus the PGDIP is highly recognised by the Sri Lankan corporate sector, as it paves the way for any individual with career prospects in the corporate sector. 

Special invitee for the PGDIP 2018 inauguration was former Fonterra Brands Limited General Sales Manager Stephan Paulraj.  He is also the Founder of Cloud Consultancies and the Head of the Panel of Judges for SLIM NASCO 17/18. In his speech, he explained that SLIM-PGDIP has made a reputation among the corporate sector including multinational and local organisations, universities and other professional bodies as the qualification to create corporate leaders. 

Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics CEO and SLIM President Pradeep Edward highlighted the importance of bestowing persons with advanced marketing knowledge to excel in the existing vibrant business environment. “SLIM has designed the PGDIP program to groom quality marketing personnel, who could add value to the marketing fraternity in Sri Lanka. Postgraduate Diploma holders of SLIM are employed also by companies beyond our territories.” He shed light on a wide spectrum of activities that SLIM students are exposed to beyond their studies, Such as the SLIM-NASCO, Marketers’ Night, EFFIE and SLIM Toastmasters club.

He reiterated that marketing as a field has globally evolved to become a way of life, and PGDIP caters to this reality. “The cream of resource personnel in the country is conducting the program. You can learn from their wealth of experience in the local and international spheres, and through the multiple support sessions conducted by them to enhance your knowledge in marketing,” he added. 

SLIM Vice President (Education) and Business Consultant Suranjith Swaris said: “We live in a world full of challenges. Especially the corporate sector is very demanding, having stiff competition. A fully-fledged marketer could make his company stand out from the clutter by differentiating himself, his brand and his company from the rest. And also SLIM obtained both ISO 9001:2015 certification in recognition of SLIM’s superior quality management systems and ISO 2990:2010  for Learning Service Provider (LSP), proving non-formal education and training services, which enables a high standard of quality education as SLIM.”

SLIM CEO and Executive Director Sanath Senanayake commented: “The right blend of assignments, individual/group presentations, and exams, have elevated the PGDIP qualification to its pinnacle. The program evolves with the changing marketing scenarios in the world, to produce fully fledged marketers who could rub shoulders with veterans in the sphere.” He added: “Marketing is a lucrative profession. It is one of the highest paid and most rewarding fields in the professional world. Marketing also is a very disciplined and vibrant profession. It has produced corporate heads and entrepreneurs who are respected by the society.”

Fresh intakes for Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing are now on, and students would follow classes at SLIM Business Schools in Colombo, Kandy and Matara.

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